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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: my thanks to jim carrey, jeff daniels, taylor schilling, ed sheeran. and the roots, ladies and gentlemen. there are the roots right there. stay tuned for "late night with seth meyers." thank you for watching, have a a great night. hope to see you tomorrow, bye-bye! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight, michael fassbender, from "fargo," allison tolman, author joshua farris, fred-ex with fred armisen,
featuring the 8g band. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ and now, here he is, seth meyers. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: good evening. i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how is everyone doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] are we well? that's great. are there any -- i'm gonna start it right away. are there any michelle obama fans here? [ cheers and applause ] well, today, michelle obama told the u.s.-africa leaders summit that women are smarter than men. [ cheers and applause ] and i'm like, "nice try, michelle. it's women is smarter than men." [ laughter and applause ]
this is interesting. bill and hillary clinton have rented an $18 million house called "the belle estates" in the hamptons for the final week of august. hillary says it's just until the new house is ready in 2016. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] some good news, this is good news. a man detained in new york for having ebola-like symptoms has tested negative for the disease. tested negative for the disease. [ cheers and applause ] that's the good news. the bad news, there's another disease with ebola-like symptoms. [ laughter ] good news. you don't have ebola. bad news, you have all the stuff. [ light laughter ] you have all the stuff that comes with ebola. but you don't have as good of a story. [ light laughter ] if you have ebola, you can call your friends and they'll feel bad for you. but you have the one that's just as bad but they haven't heard of it. [ light laughter ] sorry, buddy, it's worse.
anyways i got other patients -- [ laughter ] donald trump is in the news. donald trump has filed a lawsuit to have his name removed from two atlantic city casinos because he says his brand has a superior reputation and must be used in a dignified manner. then a gust of wind flipped his hair up like a garbage can lid. [ laughter and applause ] this is a weird story. a wealthy egyptian man who supports islamic jihadists is being called a hipster jihadi. a hipster jihadi because of his fashionable hair and clothing style. and also because he issues all of his terror threats on vinyl. [ laughter ] it's just, it's a pure sound. it's a pure sound. [ applause ] you can hear, it's like a scratchy quality when he says, "death to america." [ laughter ]
you guys like netflix? [ cheers and applause ] great. netflix ceo this week claimed netflix has more subscriber revenue than hbo last quarter. well, he started to make that claim and then he just froze. [ laughter and applause ] i was surprised by this. a dartmouth university student has started petitioning the school to allow the open carry of firearms on campus. "i'll ask you one more time, do you want to come to my acapella concert? [ laughter and applause ] think about it." listen to this. u.s. customs officials confiscated a scottish boy's bagpipe after they found the instrument contained ivory. said the boy's parents, "thank you. [ laughter ] thank you so much." [ applause ]
this is kind of cool. there's a new restaurant in brooklyn which features a table dedicated to the game spin the bottle. great place for a date, terrible place to take your parents. [ laughter ] because spin the bottle is binding. [ light laughter ] it's a legal act. if it lands on grandma. [ laughter ] you would be breaking the law is what i'm saying. another celebrity in trouble. police in texas have issued a warrant for rapper wiz khalifa's arrest after he skipped a court date for a marijuana charge. apparently he was worried his wiz would test positive for khalifa. [ laughter ] there's something to worry about. [ applause ] that's a real concern. any basketball fans? [ cheers ] today the minnesota timberwolves
agreed to a deal to trade all-star kevin love to cleveland. so it's true, you can find love in a hopeless place. [ laughter and applause ] this is pretty bizarre. a company in the u.k. has created the sexfit. which is a ring that goes around the penis and measures the calories burned during sex. [ laughter ] [ cheers ] said women, "zero. [ laughter ] zero calories." and finally, this is a little scary. the fda has issued a new warning to tattoo artists that some brands of ink have a bacterial contamination. in a related story, adam levine is in critical condition. [ laughter ] ladies and gentlemen, this is the 8g band. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: how we doing 8g band?
everything good over there? we had such a fun week on the show. one of the most fun things, my brother was a guest on the show on the show for the first time this week. it was really exciting to have him out here with me. [ cheers and applause ] and some people asked via social media, asked if he and i are twins. we look a lot alike, we're not twins. i'm two years older than him. i will say, if you just see one of us, it's very easy to think we're the other one of us. and what will happen to me often is i will visit my brother in l.a. i'll stay at his house and sometimes i will walk his dog around his neighborhood and when people see me walking my brother's dog, it's so many context clues in his neighborhood, they just think i'm him. and the problem is i'm really bad with names and faces. so someone will come up to me and say, "hey, man, great to see you." and instead of thinking, "oh, they think i'm my brother."
i think, "oh, i've met this person and i don't know who they are." [ laughter ] so i say, "oh, it's great to see you." and then we start having a conversation and i'm thinking, "how do i know this person?" and then they say, "that was such a fun barbecue last weekend." and i say, "oh, you think i'm my brother josh. i'm so sorry. i'm his older brother seth." and they say, "who did you think i was?" [ laughter ] i have a really good response to it. i go, "ehh." [ laughter ] my brother and i are both voices on our hulu animated series "the awesomes." here's our "awesomes" action figure. [ cheers and applause ] thank you. and one thing, one major difference between my brother and i is my brother has a beautiful singing voice. my mother was a singer. she did a lot of musical theatre stuff.
my brother did a lot of musical theatre stuff. i have no singing voice at all. and in the cartoon, my character had to sing badly in one of the cartoon episodes. but i was such a bad singer that we had to get my brother because our voices are so similar, to sing for me. i was such a bad singer that even singing badly, they couldn't use it. [ laughter ] and nothing is more depressing than being in a sound booth and you're just looking through glass and you can't hear the people talking and you sing and the sound engineer would do this. [ laughter ] and another person would look at him and go -- [ laughter ] and then they -- as if they didn't know it was glass. they would step on a pedal and go, "i think we're gonna try it one more. i think we'll try it one more time." [ laughter ] so my brother bails me out as he always does and it was great having him on the show. we're gonna have him back soon. we have an excellent show for you tonight. the star of the new film "frank" michael fassbender will be here. [ cheers and applause ]
very excited to talk to him. really enjoyed the movie. from the fx series "fargo" emmy-nominated actress allison tolman will be stopping by. [ cheers and applause ] if you haven't watched "fargo," you have to watch "fargo." and author of "to rise again at a decent hour" joshua ferris will be here. [ cheers and applause ] looking forward to that as well. they're all with us tonight. fred is not with us. fred is in portland this month because he's working on season five of "portlandia." but we have come up -- [ audience aws ] we're also disappointed. so disappointed that we came up with a way to keep fred involved in a segment we are calling "fred-ex." always important for me to point out we are not receiving money from the good people at fedex because we were too stupid to ask for it before we came up with it. [ laughter ] so, just to recap. every tuesday we send fred a fedex package with three props. three costume props and a question in a sealed envelope. he then has to film himself opening the box, creating a character with the props and then answering the question. so here's this week's edition of "fred-ex." >> fred: hi, i'm fred.
i'm in portland, oregon right now, shooting "portlandia." i miss you all very much. i met the fedex delivery person and what a nice guy. really punctual. [ laughter ] look what good condition this box is in. also, look how strong it is. this is all my strength and it couldn't get smashed. [ laughter ] same goes for longways. [ laughter ] okay, so here's a blue tooth. this is obviously a hat and an eye patch. wow. it's made in china. [ laughter ] so if people are watching from china, thank you for making this. [ light laughter ] [ bizzare accent ] hello. hello it is ferst time. make english words.
i am look good make me open it plastic package with camera memory card. and plastic. scissors go here. [ light laughter ] so alert to no open plastic memory card package camera. >> what do you think is mankind's single greatest invention? [ bizzare accent ] >> class one is verb, and noun -- [ laughter ]
class two is colors blue -- [ laughter ] yellow. this question -- [ laughter ] ask again. [ laughter ] >> what do you think is mankind's single greatest invention? >> is two. [ laughter ] there was no one word that -- blue. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: i feel so bad for whoever was listening to that on
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before god himself, if i i didn't take a few moments to recognize some of the distinguished guests we have in our studio audience tonight. so without further adieu, please welcome famed united states astronaut dirk gordon. [ cheers and applause ] dirk was the first man to get scared and call his mother to pick him up on the moon. [ laughter ] it was one small step for man, one very long trip for mrs. lillian gordon. i as well as everyone in attendance this evening sit in awe of this next individual, melanie palmer is here. [ cheers and applause ] welcome melanie. melanie is the first person to get over the song "happy" by pharrell. [ laughter ] we are all over it now, but it took us a while. not melanie. melanie heard it, enjoyed it, heard it again and was done. [ laughter ] you are a trailblazer, melanie. [ laughter ] folks, a true luminari in the field of medicine, dr. michael resnick is here last year, dr. resnick became the first surgeon to successfully perform a kidney tumor transplant by removing a kidney
tumor from one man and sewing it onto the kidney of another man. [ laughter ] after the surgery was complete, dr. resnick famously said, wait, what the hell did i just do? [ laughter ] what you did do, doctor, you played god and you won. [ laughter ] ladies and gentlemen i sit in humble defernce before our next guest, nick logan is here tonight. give it up for nick logan, the world's fastest aging man. [ cheers and applause ] folks, nick looks like he's in his 20s but was actually born just 30 minutes ago. [ laughter ] he graduated college 10 minutes ago and lost his verginity over the commercial break. great to have you nick. [ applause ] next, i am honored and humbled to introduce bjurk. bjurk is the less famous younger sister of bjork, the iclandic musician. [ applause ] bjurk is a systems analyst at clerns, a small tech company in hafnarfador, iceland. [ laughter ]
and sitting next to bjurk is gobo. [ laughter ] gobo come from before time. gobo got frozen in ground. got found by man in white coat. gobo is cold so long. now gobo not cold. gobo happy to go here. we happy to got gobo. [ laughter and applause ] speaking of happy, we are happy to announce that nick logan, the world's fastest aging man has aged even more. [ laughter and applause ] in the last minute, nick lost a good deal of hair, his prostate is, let's just say, it's enormous, and nick's become fond of saying, "damn it, hairriet, i'm a grown man, if i want red meat i'm going to eat red meat." here we have cheryl. cheryl is known the world over for never ordering her own fries but instead just having one or two of yours. [ laughter ] she is reviled the world over for eating half the plate. inspiring the famous quote, "hey, cheryl, next time order your own damn fries." [ laughter ] sitting below her is famed
shakespearean actor, everett sinclair. welcome everett. [ applause ] everett is currently playing the role of mark anthony in the royal shakespeare theatre company's production of "julius caesar." everett, could you please perform in your biggest boomingest theatre voice, a few lines from the show and feel free to use cue cards. [ laughter and applause ] >> friends, romans, countrymen, lend me your ears, i come to bury cesar not to praise him. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: beautiful. just beautiful thank you so much. thank you so -- oh, no, nick logan, the world's fastest aging man has passed away. [ applause ] we here at "late night" will miss you, nick. and as a tribute, we put together this little video photo album of some of your greatest moments on earth. [ laughter ] let's take a look. ♪ in the arms of the angels fly away from here ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back to "late night everyone" our first guest is an academy award nominated actor who you know from movies like "x-men: days of future past" and "12 years a slave." his latest film "frank" opens in select cities on the 15th. let's take a look. >> today, we begin work on the album in earnest. >> frank, wants us to start everything from scratch. he's created an entirely new musical notation system.
we designed our own instruments. ♪ he has initiated a strict regime of physical exercise. fortunately we have a safe word for when things get too intense. >> chinchilla! >> chinchilla. >> seth: please welcome michael fassbender. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: that is without a doubt the favorite clip i've ever shown on the show because, i feel like people don't, won't know unless you were here -- that's you underneath the mask the whole time. >> yeah. [laughter] >> seth: you play --you are in the mask the whole movie. is it -- >> well, i figured, you know, if i was tired in the morning, i
could just send in a stand in, just stay in bed, watch some movies. that's me actually in all of it. >> seth: you -- so you play a musician. who this is your performance style is to wear this mask. is it freeing as an actor to be under a mask like that? >> it's, yeah, absolutely. i mean, you just -- sort of, it makes you more mischievous. there was an anarchic sort of streak that came out. but the reason that the character wears the mask is because he's suffering from, you know, mental health issues. so he, at an early age, his father makes him this mask and he puts it on and never really takes it off because he feels safe in that sort of insular world inside his head. so it's very much sort of based on daniel johnston. i mean, there's fun and there's comedy in it, but its -- >> seth: there is fun and comedy. and your comedy has to come across vocally. but there's great physical comedy moments. it's so when even when his character is having nervous breakdowns, it's really funny it
has the same smile expression plastered on his face no matter what's happening. [ laughter ] >> yeah, and its sort of, you know, as you said, it's that sort of slapstick comedy, you know. like maggie's character is, you know -- she throws this stick like a boomerang and takes scoot mcnairy down 60 yards away at nighttime and then punches domhnall in the face. so there's lots of silly slapstick humor. >> seth: i like over the course of the film as well, that your head gets a little bit beat up. you do look like, now it's the same head, but it's been in a fight, which is great. it doesn't heal very quickly because it's papier machet. [ laughter ] >> this is it. >> seth: i does not have the healing powers of the human face. >> no, there's just the one head that we had to work on and repair. [laughter] >> seth: what was it like for the other actors having to act with you because i'll be honest, it didn't seem like you were giving them anything. [ laughter ] >> the other actors -- yeah. no, it was fun. you know because -- i couldn't really see them. [ laughter ] but they obviously couldn't really see my eyes. but i couldn't see a lot out of
the head. just a little peripheral vision. but i think, you know, because the character frank himself is always wearing the head and he's sort of, you know, he's an eccentric sort of genius, it worked well for them to not know whether i was engaged with them or i was engaged with them. so there's a lot of ambiguity, it's like you know, especially when frank is just still and can be quite sinister, and you're thinking is he sort of threatening me, has he fallen asleep in there? [ laughter ] you know, what's going on? >> seth: and you, the cast, played all the music. you basically became a band. >> we did. >> seth: was that fun for you? >> yeah, it was great. >> seth: was that something you did when you were younger. were you ever in a band? >> in my head, many times. [ laughter ] >> seth: that's good. >> there was just two of us. another guy called michael. it was michael and michael. >> seth: that's like a folk band in the '60s. [ laughter ] >> and we were supposed to be a metal band, that's the thing. >> seth: and now give it up for the two michaels. >> yeah, exactly, and there was only two of us. we couldn't find a bass player,
we couldn't find a drummer. the only gig that we played was in this small pub in a place called -- which is close to where i grew up at lunchtime. and they just kept telling us, turn it down a little bit. turn it down. [ laughter ] so eventually we had it all the way turned down. we had electric guitars turned down to zero. it was the opposite of "spinal tap." it was like below zero. minus one. [ laughter ] >> seth: this one goes to negative one. did you ever have a did you ever have a name for your band? >> no. i remember looking at one point, sargasso sea was something. >> seth: that was getting kicked around? [ laughter ] that's a good name for a metal band. >> yeah, exactly. yeah. >> seth: you are a thrill seeker, of sorts. you like to -- you like cars, you like motorcycles. you were recently on a motorcycle, i saw a photo. >> i was, yeah. >> seth: i have to show it. 'cause this is terrifying to me. >> yeah, for me, too. [ laughter ] >> seth: so whereabouts are you? and do you have any practice with this, or? >> well, this is the first day i've done something like that. it was a track day and i just realized what a bad rider i am actually.
>> seth: your knee is so close to the ground, that's so scary. >> yeah but i know some guys in cgi you know, having done x-men, a few other things, so it's not actually me. [ laughter ] >> seth: i feel like now nothing you do, can i prove it's you. >> a helmet you can't even see1 if that's me in there. no, it took me a while to get to you know, like to that position. i was racing around for a while and i said look, you better take me into the kitty car park and let's go through some of the basics. knowing where to position yourself on the bike. so eventually, i managed. >> seth: and you never, the knee never hit the ground? >> it did, yeah. >> seth: when it does, i mean obviously you're wearing padding and stuff, but do you feel it the next day? >> no, you don't feel anything. sorta thinking about putting the knee down is the wrong thing. you sort of position your shoulder, shin, and then the knee follows. you have to turn your foot like that. sort of basically, you want to be sitting on your heel. >> seth: i would turn myself away from the motorcycle and i would start walking.
[ laughter ] the head, and then the foot, after the foot. and then arm up, wave goodbye. you've done three films with steve mcqueen. "hunger", "shame" and "twelve years a slave." he has mentioned he would like to do a musical with you. i would just say i think that would be great for both of you. i think, doing something nice and light like that. that would be great. >> i agree. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. >> i agree. >> seth: just promise me you won't do a musical of any of those three previous movies. like, don't do a musical version. nobody wants to see any of those. >> like a medley. put them together. >> seth: yeah, exactly -- [ laughter ] >> interesting. >> seth: thank you so much for being here. i loved the film. congratulations on it. and so lovely to meet you. michael fassbender, everyone. "frank" opens in select cities on august 15. we'll be right back with allison tolman. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ awwww yeah.
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>> about time. >> yeah. and so the fbi fellas, they're going to drive you home. >> not necessary. i can call a cab. >> yeah, well, like i said, we're letting you go, but at the same time, a wanted fugitive has been spotted in town and we think he's got intentions towards you, so. the ride home's not really optional. >> seth: please welcome allison tolman! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> i am so happy to have you here. >> thank you so much for having me. >> seth: i loved "fargo." it was excellent. >> thank you very much. >> seth: and congratulations on your emmy nomination. >> thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: so exciting. where were you when you found out? >> i was at home in chicago on my couch with my cat in my lap. very soothing. and my boyfriend next to me. so that was -- >> seth: that's great. >> it was homey.
a nice way to find out that crazy news. >> seth: now, for those who haven't seen it. "fargo" is an adaptation of the cohen brother's film. 1996 cohen brother's film. but it's not the same story. how would you describe it to people? >> yeah, it's not. i would say that noah, our writer sort of took the things that made the movie so great and kind of expanded them and let them breathe for ten hours. so it's like, similar scenes, different characters, different story. but it is awesome. [ laughter ] >> seth: it is awesome. it is awsome. >> you should watch it. >> seth: you shot it in calgary. >> we did. [ cheers ] yay! [ laughter ] >> seth: solitary calgary woo. [ laughter ] so i'm assuming you hang out with the cast. you have people like billy bob thornton, martin freeman, colin hanks. >> yeah. >> seth: what was it like for you, your first tv project hanging out with guys like them? >> it was great. it was intimidating going in, but they were very kind on set, which was helpful. and then, you know, obviously no one knew who i was when we started filming. so it was all the famous guys and me.
so i got very used to people's faces falling when they got to me in the dinner table. oh, so wonderful, i don't know who that is. [ laughter ] like they just -- like i was either someone's manager or, like, an escort from a really niche escort place. [ laughter and applause ] or either like, attractive but attainable. you know? like they've gone in on me together. i don't know. [ laughter ] >> seth: well, you know when you're in calgary. >> exactly. >> seth: i heard billy bob thornton took you guys out bowling. >> he did. >> seth: which it sounds -- especially since he's a lovely guy. i've been lucky enough to meet him. but he plays such a dark character on the show. it's funny to think of him taking you out bowling. what was it like bowling with him? >> it was great. he had teams set ahead of time. he had a plan and everything. [ laughter ] so it was pretty awesome. and it was kind of like our bonding thing we did in our second week of filming. and then a few weeks later, he wanted to do another outing and
so he sent out an e-mail through his assistant for like a billiards party. but she called it a pool party. [ laughter ] so i got the e-mail and i was like well, i don't -- where are we going to do that? [ laughter ] >> seth: you're in calgary in the middle of the winter. >> yeah, not what i wanted to do. >> seth: i would go to a calgary winter pool party if it was billy bob thornton. >> yeah. absolutely. [ laughter ] who would miss that? >> seth: you've lived in chicago, you lived in dallas. as an actress in both places. >> yes, yeah. >> seth: you did some commercials when you first started out? >> i did. that's where i started. i started in theatre and started doing commercials when i got out of school. >> seth: do you remember some of your early work in the commercial field? >> yeah. my first job i actually ever booked was denny's network national commercial, which for a working actor is like -- >> seth: a huge deal. >> sweet money. it was my first job. i was 23 and i was like this is so easy. you just, like, book a job and then you live off the money. [ laughter and applause ]
i had no idea that that was like, a white whale. and it was such a silly job. i just made a face at an omlet. and they were like, here's a bunch of money. [ laughter ] >> seth: what was the face you made at the omlet. >> like this. [ laughter and applause ] >> seth: well, let me tell you something, they got every dollar's worth. >> now everyone owes me money. i'm sorry. >> seth: my -- i did a commercial in chicago. which, it was for no money. but i remember every time i -- they broke me and said you have ten minutes, i would call another person i knew and just brag about how much money it was. and it was no money. [ laughter ] >> my bar was set so high for my first job. after that i was like, "what?" >> seth: did you have other commercials? >> i did. i did an awesome -- a commercial for a company called ae dairy. which is a dairy -- a midwestern dairy chain. and i got the copy and it was like, "they want you to read this poem about yogurt." and i was like, "this is stupid. i did a denny's commercial." [ laughter ] >> seth: i don't know if i want to slum with yogurt poetry.
>> i was kind of a big deal. >> seth: i get paid at looking for omlets. [ laughter ] >> very well, thank you. so i went in and i did the audition. and i was like, uh, whatever. and then i got a call back, of course. because whenever you don't care, is when they're like, "we want that one." you know? so then i got in for the call back and the director was like, we're going in a different direction. and we's like for you to read this as if we found you on the street and handed you this script as poorly and awkwardly as possible. [ laughter ] and i was like, you want me to do it badly? and they were like, yes. and i was like, i can do that. absolutely. >> seth: you're the person. we've looked at hundreds. you're the person we think you can do it the worst. >> you were playing it straight. we're pretty sure you can turn it down several notches. and i got the job. >> seth: this is more exciting to me than both yogurt and omlets. >> which is hard to do. 'cause food. >> seth: i know. you did an episode of the barney show. >> i did. >> seth: barney the dinosaur show. what was that like? >> well first i have to clarify. when everyone, anyone finds out that i did "barney" they think
that i mean as a child. but i was like 26. [ laughter ] i was a grown person. because it shoots in dallas. so it's a rite of passage. everybody does the barney show. they're the balloon man or the art teacher. i was a parent in a halloween episode. but it was the most surreal experience of my life. because you spend three days basically, on this set. it's all self-contained. and they just have cameras that sort of move around and film the dinosaurs. but my episode had, like, 50 extras. >> seth: you put in quotes like "they're not actual dinosaurs." [ laughter ] we'll talk about it later. anyway, so like 50 extras. >> we had 50 extras because it was a halloween episode. so it was lots and lots of kids. but in between takes, obviously the actors will take their dinosaur head -- they take their teeth out and they take their heads off. to breathe and like talk, and smoke cigarettes and stuff. [ laughter ] but they weren't allowed to do that when the extras were on set, you know. so they would usher them all out and they would take a break. >> seth: because they don't
want -- for kids, it's traumatizing. >> they don't want to ruin their lives. the kids on the show, it was old hat for them. little 10-year-old professionals and they don't care. but at one time, we were filming and we're singing a song and something in the background. and all of a sudden the music cut and they ushered all the extras out and i looked, and the 6'7" guy who played barney had fallen over -- [ laughter ] on his back and couldn't get up. [ laughter ] so they had to get everyone out so they could take his teeth out and take his head off, and help him up. [ laughter ] >> seth: that's, not a lot of people know this. that's how the dinosaurs went extinct. they were on their backs. it's getting colder. i've got to get inside. >> i see an asteroid coming! i can't move! [ laughter ] >> seth: we both talked about "fargo" and learned a lot about science. so thank you so much. allison tolman, everybody! we'll be right back with joshua ferris. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ [ man ] cortana, when my wife calls
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book award. this year he's one of the first americans in history to be nominated for the prestigious man booker prize. his latest novel "to rise again at a decent hour" is in stores now. please welcome joshua ferris. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: thank you so much for being here. >> thanks for having me on. >> seth: uh, your main character is a dentist. i feel as though there aren't a lot of dentists in literature. there's not a lot of great dentist novels. what made you make him a dentist. >> it doesn't scream drama. >> seth: it really doesn't. >> you know, i really like dentists. i think i'm strange for this, but i find them fascinating people. >> seth: gotcha. [ laughter ] >> you know, most people i think -- most people think dentists are unhappy. but i have never met an unhappy dentist. >> seth: you think they're just happy people? >> well, there is this myth -- i don't know if it's a myth or not that they are the professionals most likely to commit suicide. >> seth: well, that seems to counter what you just told me.
[ laughter ] >> exactly. and that's what i can't get over. like, it's a real contradiction. so it's perfect for a book. >> seth: they kill themselves because they're too happy. [ laughter ] >> they are, they're so delighted to be staring into our rotting mouths every day. [ laughter ] >> seth: uh you, uh what sort of research did you do to get into the world of dentistry? 'cause it seems very specific in the book. >> there are a couple of books i read to kind of bone up on the facts. >> seth: right. >> but probably the most helpful thing was youtube videos. kind of tough to watch they are about like eight to 12 minutes, shot halfway around the world. and it's like a room, you're looking into a room that looks like rendition itself. a guy, some poor young shepherd that they pulled up -- >> seth: who are these for? other than people researching books about dentistry. how many views do they have? >> that's a very fine question. 'cause they're not, like, for novelists. but the better question is who's
shooting them? >> seth: right. who's so confident that they're about to do some low-end dentistry, and go, "you know what, people are going to want to watch this." >> this is something for the kids at home. [ laughter ] >> seth: this is going to be the new gangnam style. [ laughter ] did you ever have any experience with dentistry itself that made you sort of fascinated with it. >> well, yeah, when i was in college, i started having some teeth problems. actually, it was like gum problem my gums started to bleed. >> seth: gotcha. >> and you know, when you're in college and you start to spontaneously bleed, you this i it's got to be a sexually transmitted disease -- [ laughter ] >> seth: sure. >> this is what it has to be. so i'm kind of quaking in my boots. and i go to the dentist. i think the hygienist is going to say "you've got six weeks, kid." you know. it's been fun. [ laughter ] but she says, she sort of turns to me real stern and says, "have you ever flossed?" of course not. [ laughter ] i mean, that's for old people. i'm going to live forever. >> seth: yeah, i'm out trying to
get stds, i don't have time to floss. [ laughter ] >> that's right! i'm busy. so i take some floss home. and you know, when you, honestly, to floss, well, you have to be like a puppeteer. it's so awkward. you've got, like, four thumbs and 17 fingers and this little string and you're trying to put in this wee little hole. you know, it's really hard. [ laughter ] >> seth: every time i go to the dentist and they show you the right way to floss i want to say that's great. i'm not going to do that. [ laughter ] i don't, i know, and i wish i did. >> also trying to get stds. >> seth: exactly, i say look, we all are too busy. i relate to your main character. he's a red sox fan who's sort of going through a crisis of how he feels about the red sox after they won the world series. you went through this as well. i think a lot of us -- how do you feel about this post -- now that we're post "the tragic red sox"? >> well, you know, the guy in my book takes it to a degree that i don't. so what he would feel is he would be very, very dismayed at
how they're acting particularly this year. >> seth: right. >> but he would also like it because it's the red sox acting like the red sox. >> seth: right. and that's a harkening back to pre 2004 when, you know, they were constantly doomed. >> seth: it was interesting for me because, you know, last year they won the world series. the year before that, they were the worst team in their division. >> yeah. >> seth: so it was all of a sudden, what used to take 86 years could happen in two. >> exactly. >> seth: they go from terrible to win and you didn't have that -- and then, but becomes a little less precious because it can happen so quickly. >> it really does. >> seth: you were living in upstate new york. you just moved back to the city. >> that's right. >> seth: you wrote an essay about being in a building with a doorman for the first time. >> that's right. do you have a -- >> seth: i live in a building with a doorman. the one i live in is a first doorman building. >> they make you very self-conscious. >> seth: they do. [ laughter ] but i really like mine. >> oh, i do, too. totally down with him, but for a long time they were mystified by me. because i'm a fiction writer, i keep these odd hours. i go out at eight to take my kid to school.
noon for some lunch, three i go for a jog. seven, drinks. and sometimes i don't get home until, like, two or three in the morning. by which time i'm carrying a collection of poems and an orchid i stole off a banquet table. [ laughter ] and they're just like -- what do you do? what do you do? then it will be four or five days i won't go out of the house at all. and i'll drift down in my sweat pants and a t-shirt. it's like, february. drift out, come back in, i'm holding a jar of pickles and a newspaper. what do you do? i know what everybody else does. what do you do? >> seth: if i have to run out to the store to grab milk, i do this -- they don't care. i go, "i'll be right back." i tell them i'll be right back. [ laughter ] >> right, right. >> seth: as if -- >> they care. >> seth: yeah, "i'll just be a second." >> right. my guy, albert, he goes -- he's on the phone, and he goes -- "okay." [ laughter ] back to the phone. >> seth: he's just playing hard to get. >> he's the tough one. >> seth: joshua ferris,
♪ >> carson: good evening, everybody. it is "last call" from evr in new york. i am your host, carson daly. thanks for being here. tonight -- cosmonauts perform from south by southwest and the shanghai restoration project is the subject oour spotlight tonight. but first, we're at sadie in hollywood to meet one of the stars of "veep" and also the new kevin costner football drama, "draft day." say hello to tim simons. ♪ >> jonah is not really based on any one particular person. maybe it's just based on, like -- the worst things that i would allow myself to think? i'll just do some of those. and i -- it is kind of nice because i do personally try to err on the side of being very nice in general.